FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas center Travis Swanson and defensive end Chris Smith earned more preseason recognition Thursday, when the Football Writers Association of America announced watch lists for the Outland and Bronko Nagurski trophies.
Swanson was named to the Outland Trophy watch list, which awards the nation’s top interior lineman. The senior has started every game of his Arkansas career and is regarded as one of the top centers in the nation. Swanson was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list earlier this summer.
Smith was named to the Nagurski Trophy watch list, which is presented to college football’s best defensive player. The senior led Arkansas with 9 ½ sacks in 2012 and has 13 in his career. Smith also was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list — which is presented annually to college football's defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club — earlier this month.
Both players have been selected to represent Arkansas at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., next week, joining fullback Keiro Small. The three, along with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, will meet with the media on Wednesday.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau